Biomedical Sciences

PhD research programmes

We offer a range of research areas for study at PhD level.

Our approach ranges from molecules to man, from bench to bedside and from process to population. Our Centres and Institutes bring together basic and clinical academic staff in broad, thematic research concentrations encompassing basic sciences, translational and clinical research.

There are opportunities to obtain a place on funded PhD programmes, listed below, or for students to apply to one of our PhD programmes and to independently seek scholarship funding to fund their studies.

Wellcome Trust funded 4 year PhD programmes

Exciting PhD opportunities are available on the following cross College prestigious Wellcome Trust funded 4 year Phd programmes

MRC Precision Medicine Doctoral Training programme

The University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow and the Karolinska Institute, has received a prestigious MRC award for a Doctoral Training Programme in Precision Medicine. This is a new programme integration between informaticians, clinicians and life scientists.

Doctoral Training Programme in Precision Medicine

EASTBIO 4-yr PhD programmes

Applications for projects starting in 2023 must be made by 5th December 2022.

Current available 4-yr PhD projects funded under the EASTBIO programme. Please note the links will take you to an external page on 


Further information can be viewed here on the EASTBIO web site

Looking for a PhD?

Applicants that have independently obtained scholarship funding (or want to apply for scholarships via the University) should apply directly through the degree-finder website to any of our PhD programmes:

Anatomical Sciences

Infection Medicine

Integrative Physiology


Science Communication


Further information on potential research topics and supervisors can be found through our Centres and Institutes:


Information on currently available scholarship funding is available here:

PhD Scholarship Opportunities

Further information

General information on applying for a PhD in one of our Centres/Institutes